How to Get From Split to Dubrovnik by Boat

The Monastery of Saint Jerome at the harbour entrance in Vis
The Monastery of Saint Jerome at the harbour entrance in Vis
Richard Collett

Fancy discovering ancient Roman palaces, medieval Venetian castles and sampling the best of Croatian wine, olives and seafood? Head to the Dalmatian Coast. The journey overland and sea from Split to Dubrovnik is the classic way to explore Croatia’s sun-drenched coastline, as you island-hop between Hvar, Korcula and Vis across the Adriatic Sea. Travel independently using ferries and boat transfers or experience it all, and more, on Culture Trip’s eight-day long Jewels of the Adriatic group tour. Read on to discover what to do in Split and Dubrovnik, and how to get between these destinations by boat.

What to do in Split

Old Split forms the historic centre of this ancient city

The ancient port of Split is traced back to millennia, but much of the old city that you see standing today was built by the Romans. One Roman in particular shaped Split’s history is Emperor Diocletian, whose palace is a major attraction to visit today. Stroll through the ruins of Diocletian’s palatial mansion, before re-energising with a glass of wine at one of the many alfresco bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour.

However, if you’re feeling active, opt for an afternoon hike to the top of Marjan Hill. This is Split’s most impressive viewpoint, and you’ll have uninterrupted panoramas of the city and out to the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Stay a while and spend days visiting local beaches, exploring the hidden alleys of the old town and absorbing the nightlife.

What to do in Dubrovnik

The cable car overlooking Dubrovnik offers unparalelled views

Dubrovnik’s well-preserved Old Town is one of the best examples of medieval Venetian architecture in Europe – and you’ll instantly recognise the prominent walls, gatehouses and red-roofed townhouses from Game of Thrones. Stroll along the walls to immerse yourself in the historic architecture, and head up to Srd Hill for the very best views of the city. You can hike to the top, or save time and cruise to the summit in four minutes via cable car.

The Old Town is packed with sights, including Rector’s Palace, Lovrijenac Fortress and the Franciscan Monastery. After ticking these off, swim and sunbathe around Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbour or head to the many beaches that line the cliffs on the Lapad Peninsula. Across from the harbour, a day trip to Lokrum Island is one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik. Here, you’ll not only find more Game of Thrones filming locations but numerous nature reserves and medieval ruins.

Getting to Dubrovnik by boat from Split

Split Ferry port as seen from St Domnius Bell Tower

You can join Culture Trip’s eight-day tour along the Dalmatian Coast for an experiential journey between Split and Dubrovnik. With a bit of planning, you could also try and use the local transport to get around.

In peak season, there are direct boat transfers from Split to Dubrovnik. These are fast catamarans that only take foot passengers. The slower route is overland and sea using public ferries and buses. First, catch the ferry to Hvar, then take another ferry to Korcula, before hopping on a third ferry to the mainland, where you can pick up a bus for the final leg of the journey to Dubrovnik.

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